Capitol Hill Community Post | Formerly homeless women at Jubilee Women’s Center giving back with gifts to others experiencing homelessness

During the holiday season especially, individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty are typically highlighted as those needing support.We would like to shine a light on a group of formerly homeless women who are giving support…

Inspired by a letter from a resident in Jubilee Women’s Center’s program (see photos), executive director Cheryl Sesnon this year proposed a different approach to the usual practical gift from Jubilee’s board of directors to each of the 43 residents. With the help of Scott Smalling, a Jubilee donor and owner of Relief Bed, Cheryl purchased a relief kit (including sleeping pad, hat, gloves, personal hygiene items, first aid kit, rain poncho, and emergency blanket) for each resident at a significant discount. Jubilee board members and community partner Caffe Vita covered the cost.

This week the women at Jubilee are giving away their gifts. They will spend time personalizing each kit with items they know from firsthand experience will provide comfort for someone else experiencing homelessness this holiday season—things like a gift card, a personal note, and comfort items they wish they’d had when experiencing homelessness. In return, like Julie shares in her letter, the women of Jubilee receive the joy of knowing they have helped someone in need more than themselves at the holidays.

Capitol Hill Community Post | How to help Lowell Elementary

From Colleen Kimsey

You’d imagine that now, as the dust from the brouhaha surrounding the McCleary Decision
around how education is funded in Washington State has begun settling, there would be a baseline of adequate funding for our schools. When we walk past the big brick building on Mercer street, I think many of us picture a school that matches its exterior: sort of august and privileged, or at the very least, the kind of place that can afford to provide its teachers with enough Expo markers to teach. But as the recent expose by KOUW revealed, even wealthy Capitol Hill struggles to support Lowell Elementary in everything from adequately funding teacher’s basic needs, to keeping students safe throughout the school day day, to retaining quality teachers in a stressful teaching environment. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Holiday Magic at Volunteer Park this Thursday

Volunteer Park Trust invites you to our fifth annual Holiday in the Park this Thursday, December 7 from 6:00-8:00pm. This fun, free event features five different choral ensembles, a kids’ activity booth, and free hot cocoa, cookies and eggnog! Once again over 600 luminarias will be lining the walkways transforming Volunteer Park into a magical wonderland.

This year’s schedule of fantastic choral groups will keep you cheery and inspired the whole evening:

6:00pm – Holy Names Vocal Ensemble
6:20pm – Sing Noel
6:50pm – Lakeside Acafellas
7:10pm – Voices of Inspiration
7:30pm – The Beaconettes

We will be giving out free cookies thanks to Whole Foods, and Darigold will be handing out free samples of hot cocoa and eggnog. At this year’s activity booth, toddlers and kids will be able to make their own glow-in-the-dark headwear.

Adding to the festivities, the Volunteer Park Conservatory will be open late and offering free admission. You can warm up in the tropical heat and watch the Holiday Express train make its way through the towns and hills of the wintery miniature display.

Please join us!

More information on Holiday in the Park can be found on the Volunteer Park Trust website as well as on Facebook.

Please note: the Volunteer Park main concourse will be closed to cars. You can still drop guests off at both entrances to the park, and the lower loop road will be open for parking.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Creative Justice Youth Leaders make an impact at MOHAI and the Seattle Library

Creative Justice, a arts-based alternative to incarceration for King County youth, expands through partnerships with MOHAI and the Seattle Public Library, providing a conduit for voices of youth leadership. Now in its third year, Creative Justice serves as a model for policy makers of a community based solution to incarceration for moderate to high-risk youth. Instead of jail time, King County youth are supported by a community network that provides tools to develop skills and build the relationships they need to thrive.

At the Seattle Public Library Creative Justice youth leaders are participating in the Library’s criminal justice series, a year-round project exploring community based justice reform led by the Public Engagement department. The youth have helped shape a forthcoming social media campaign and art installation that is the pilot for the library’s new artist residency program. Working with four professional artists, youth will design and build artistic displays that stimulate deeper civic dialog about the criminal justice system, while centering the voices of those who are most affected.

A sneak peek of their artwork from their library residency will be on view Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. during Someday We’ll All Be Free, an event featuring local organizers Jerrell Davis and Wesley Roach, Los Angeles poet laureate Luis Rodriguez, and a video call with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

In addition, Creative Justice is partnering with MOHAI on the installation We Still Live Here, a photographic response to gentrification by Leadership Board youth, which is now on view at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) November 18, 2017 through March 2018. The photographs are displayed in conjunction with MOHAI’s new exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, chronicling 65 years of Seattle history and the Central District neighborhood.

Creative Justice, a Public Art program launched by 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency, has helped over 100 youth create a different future for themselves. More than 70 charges have been dismissed or reduced as a result of the program’s efforts. These youth have been able to avoid the life altering harms associated with a criminal record.

Led by writer and educator Aaron Counts and artist, former mayoral candidate, and program caseworker Nikkita Oliver, Creative Justice provides intensive 16-week sessions for court-involved youth to work with experienced mentor artists and produce original artwork and learn new skills.

After graduating from the program, participants have the opportunity to stay involved through the Youth Justice Leadership Board. These leaders, currently age 16 to 19, provide program input to staff and advisors, serve as peer mentors, and collaborate on creative programs that elevate the voice of youth. Through Broad participation, Creative Justice continues to provide them with opportunities for skill development and personal expression.

Support from national, local, private and public funders and individuals have made it possible for Creative Justice to move beyond a pilot program to a long-term community-based alternative to incarceration for court-involved youth. Creative Justice has received funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), EPIC Zero Detention Giving Project, the Seattle Foundation Resilience Fund, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, a community based IndiGoGo campaign and private donors.

Image Credits:
Nani, Youth Board Member. Photo taken by Athena, Creative Justice 2017 participant.

Image Credits:
Street Selfie by Delino, from We Still Live Here

Capitol Hill Community Post | The FCC is preparing to eliminate net neutrality. Local control may be our last hope.

From Devin Glaser, Upgrade Seattle

“If a tree falls in a forest and you have to pay a surcharge to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Yesterday’s announcement that the FCC plans to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations should have all internet-users rethinking the classic thought experiment. Without net neutrality, internet service providers like Comcast and CenturyLink will be given total control over what you see and access on the internet, a one-two punch that decreases consumer choice and increases the number of ways they can raise your monthly bill.

Net neutrality is the simple provision that all content on the web has to be treated equally, regardless of who makes it and their ability to pay. Small (and gorgeous) websites like have to be treated the same as when you type them into your browser. Comcast can’t slow down or block Netflix in an attempt to boost use of their own service Hulu. CenturyLink can’t interfere with Facebook’s voice service in order to force consumers into buying land lines. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Sen. Pedersen’s legislative update

The Washington State Senate convenes for Session on February 22, 2017

From State Senator Jamie Pedersen, 43rd Legislative District

Dear friends and neighbors:

After five years of Republican control of the state Senate, exciting changes are afoot in Olympia. Democrats gained a one-seat majority as a result of this month’s special election in the 45th Legislative District (Redmond/Woodinville). Senate Democrats will now be able to set the agendas for Senate committees and floor action, determining which bills will be heard and brought up for votes. The shift in power presents many opportunities for Legislature to end the gridlock that has been prevalent in recent years and pass legislation to help families and communities here in Seattle and across our state.

New responsibilities

When the Legislature convenes in January, I will have the privilege of serving as the chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, which has jurisdiction over civil and criminal law issues such as gun regulation, family law, the death penalty, and police use of deadly force. I will also continue to serve on the Senate Ways & Means Committee, which writes the state’s operating and capital budgets and reviews every bill with a fiscal impact. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | This​ ​December,​ ​Seattle’s​ ​first​ ​aerial​ ​dance​ ​festival​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​Capitol​ ​Hill

From Apex Aerial Arts

From​ ​December​ ​9th​ ​to​ ​December​ ​16th,​ ​2017,​ ​Seattle’s​ ​Capitol​ ​Hill​ ​neighborhood​ ​will​ ​be​ ​home to​​ Seattle’s ​​very​​ first ​​aerial​​ dance​​ festival ​​hosted​​ by ​A​​pex ​​Aerial​​ Arts​.

Apogee​ ​Aerial​ ​Dance​ ​Festival​ ​(AADF)​​ ​brings​ ​together​ ​innovative​ ​performers​ ​and​ ​instructors​ ​in aerial​ ​dance,​ ​dance,​ ​and​ ​circus​ ​arts​ ​from​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country,​ ​welcoming​ ​new​ ​voices​ ​to​ ​the thriving​ ​circus​ ​community​ ​that​ ​already​ ​exists​ ​in​ ​Seattle. Continue reading

2017 donation drives, feed the hungry, and volunteer opportunities around Capitol Hill

Here are opportunities to help around Capitol Hill and District 3 including meal programs and donation drives at your favorite local businesses, bars, and restaurants. CHS will update giving opportunities throughout the holidays so let us know about anything we’ve missed or need to add. You can also add your giving events to the CHS Calendar. Happy holidays.
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Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle 911 Alerting Subscription Service launched

Capitol Hill resident and WSU MBA student Tee Earls has launched a public version of his MBA thesis. Seattle residents can now “subscribe” to 911 calls for fire and medical responses for Seattle addresses. The service is free for up to 10 alerts per month and a premium subscription is available for unlimited alerts and additional features. Details are available at

Users can choose one or more specific Seattle addresses and the radius around each address they want to monitor. When a 911 call is dispatched for Fire or Medics within the distance chosen, the user is sent an email or text message according to their preferences. A typical subscriber might monitor her own home, a child’s school, and an elderly parent’s home address.

News junkies can also choose to be alerted of certain 911 call types, anywhere in the Seattle city limits. For example, a user might subscribe to get a text alert if there is a 911 dispatch for a building fire or a multiple shooting incident.

Background Information

Tee Earls is the co-founder of Seattle-based King Friday LLC, a technology consulting company for nonprofits and small businesses. He is an MBA candidate graduating from Washington State University in December 2017 and his thesis was a business plan commercializing 911 call data in the form of an alerting system for consumers. The Seattle market represents the first public launch of this system. Prior to starting King Friday LLC, Mr. Earls spent nearly 13 years at Microsoft in various roles, as well as a number of years at a large technology consulting company. His professional overview is available through LinkedIn at

This service is not affiliated with or endorsed by the City of Seattle or the fire department. The system uses city-provided public data feeds as its source for call data.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Santa Breakfast Mini Nutcracker at WA Hall

From DASSdance

Tickets are now available for local Holiday event Mini Nutcracker!
Dec. 10, 16, 17 – 9:30am and 12pm

The Nutcracker – It’s always a family affair! This season DASSdance rings in the holidays with a traditional spirit. Meet Santa Claus while DASSdance professionals and kids perform the story of The Nutcracker.

Together with a delicious Continental Breakfast, door prizes, Balloon Twisting, and pictures with Santa and the Nutcracker characters, this local holiday line-up will please, inspire, and leap into your heart.